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Stormin Norman and Suzy Williams in film and live shows

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Suzy Williams Venice Diva Suzy Williams is in two films (Jan 31 at UCLA) by & about Nicolas Ray, who directed “James Dean & Bogart." Her group Stormin Norman & Suzy songs are featured in the films.

The director who'd made James Dean an icon in “Rebel Without a Cause" and a gunslinger of Joan Crawford in the distaff western “Johnny Guitar."

Ray had a gift for personalizing his films even when they were hired-gun jobs. Early noirs and westerns, notably 1950's “In a Lonely Place," with Humphrey Bogart playing a writer accused of murder, and 1952's “The Lusty Men," starring Robert Mitchum as a displaced rodeo cowboy, show Ray's empathy for desperate loners and outcasts. They are fitting metaphors for his own outsider status in Hollywood, where his sensitive persona never quite found its place.

Stormin Norman & Suzy
Feb 22, Wed, 8pm
at Witzend
1717 Lincoln Blvd, Venice CA
310-305-4792 http://www.witzendlive.com/ $10

Also Suzy and Norman be stormin to do shows in San Francisco & Stockton on Feb 23-26.

Feb 23, Thursday, 8pm
private house concert in Berkeley.

Feb 24, Friday, 7pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton
2737 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA. 95204, 209/ 466-7743, $10

FEB 26 SUN at the 10:30am church service
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton
2737 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA. 95204, 209/ 466-7743, free

STORMIN' NORMAN & SUZY have shared stages with Manhattan Transfer, Tom Waits, Koko Taylor, Eubie Blake, Odetta, Loudon Wainwright, Roosevelt Sykes, John Hammond, Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth, and The Roches among many others. Guitarists who have played with Stormin' Norman and Suzy have included Marc Ribot, Mark Shulman and Jeff Golub. Stormin Norman & Suzy have performed with Pilobolus Dance Company

At eighteen years old, Suzy met “Stormin' Norman" Zamcheck, a Yale graduate in literature, composer and “damn good boogie woogie pianist." As partners, they cut two albums: Fantasy Rag, 1975 and Ocean of Love, 1978. They toured the east coast for 12 years, eventually playing Carnegie Hall, network television, and won rave reviews from the New York Times to Rolling Stone. With their unique rag'nroll, they created an amazing body of songs, combining blues, rock and jazz. In 1976, the great jazz pianist and composer Eubie Blake paid Suzy an inspiring compliment in the form of a handwritten letter, “I heard alot of white women try to imitate negroid singing, but you are the only one who has it down pat." They continue to tour together every year. Watch for a new cd soon.

SUZY WILLIAMS has worked with Van Dyke Parks, Buster Poindexter, Marc Shaiman, Nicholas Ray, Moses Pendleton, Steve Weisberg among many others. Bette Midler, Horace Silver, Roosevelt Sykes, Ann Magnuson, Eubie Blake, Odetta and Hadda Brooks have praised her passionate singing and vibrant energy.

The LA Weekly deems Suzy Williams “LA's Diva Deluxe"

Suzy's voice is vibrant and lusty...great gusto and bold emotion.
—Nat Hentoff

Williams' energy must be seen to be believed...a natural performer.
—Robert Palmer, New York Times

Williams is an enormously amusing, endearing presence...with tough, belting authority.
—John Rockwell, New York Times.

Suzy Williams is a very talented singer with a wide range who knows how to put on an entertaining and witty show. She can sing anything from 1920's jazz and swing to blues, rock & roll and folk music. Williams' highly expressive vocals are always worth hearing.
—Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene.


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